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Evaluating Realism for Virtual Supporting Characters

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 18, 2012 09:19am
I recently caught up with Catherine Zanbaka, PhD, Principal Research Engineer BAE Systems AIT.  Catherine shared  how she and a few other educators worked with a couple of PhD Students from UCSC and ran a study to test "Supporting Character Realism" (SCR) in a virtual bar in Second Life.  They had three different types of avatars -- human controlled, bots, and those with SCR. The abstract of the course was as follows: Convincing and compelling virtual environments that are populated with rich ... more...

Educators in Second Life: East Carolina University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Oct 1, 2012 01:24pm
We recently reached out once again to NMC Campus Virtual World members to check in on how they are currently using Second Life for education. We caught up with Sharon Collins and Paul LaMere of ECU and gained some insight on their fabulous program that utilizes  the virtual world of Second Life.  Paul, Technology Support Technician for the Early College Second Life Program, shared the following information with us: The East Carolina University Early College Second Life Program (ECSLP) is a visionary ... more...

Welcome Back NMC Virtual World Art Sims!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Sep 28, 2012 09:39am
Have you heard? An exciting new development has occurred!  We received not one, but TWO anonymous donors on the night of our inworld "goodbye" party to our art sims.  The donors both agreed to sponsor the sims, with one sponsoring Ars Simulacra and the other sponsoring NMC Campus West for at least one more year and perhaps more! NMC Campus West is still set up with an amazing show of early SL art from 2004 to 2007!  Please stop in and ... more...

Saying goodbye to the NMC Art Sims…

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Aug 25, 2012 01:38pm
Sadly, it is time to say goodbye to the sim that houses the Aho Museum(NMC Campus West) & the sim of Ars Simulacra.  Both sims, provided by the New Media Consortium, have showcased some of the finest artists Second Life has to offer since 2006. Please join us as we celebrate the past 6 years of creativity, imagination and celebration of the arts.  We will travel down memory lane and visit art from as early as  2004 to current day art ... more...

Welcome Colegios Peterson!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Aug 8, 2012 01:45pm
David W. Deeds, Ph.D., who has headed up several inworld campuses already,  has now brought Colegios Peterson to join our NMC Campus. Dr. Deeds, the Educational Technology Coordinator at Colegios Peterson in Mexico, shared that they will be using the inworld campus parcels for Information Technology in a Global Society (International Baccalaureate course), Cybernetics (National Autonomous University of Mexico course), as well as teacher professional development. He noted that they have four campuses in different parts of Mexico City, so they ... more...

Student Art Exhibition in Second Life: National Chiayi University

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir May 17, 2012 06:09am
Dr. Mary Stokrocki, Professor and Area Head of Art Education, Fullbright, recently shared a story with me about using Second Life for education. Dr. Stokrocki is conducting research about multi-literacies as well as cross cultural research. On April 26, while teaching on her sabbatical, Dr. Stokrocki arranged for her undergraduate students from the National Chiayi University in Minshong Taiwan to have an art exhibition opening in Second Life called Taiwan Now. The university is a combination of an agricultural school and normal ... more...

Triple A Learning Opens NMC Cybercampus

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Mar 6, 2012 09:18am
Triple A Learning, a company that produces online workshops for International Baccalaureate and other teachers, has opened a cybercampus on the NMC's Teaching 2 sim! Triple A's new Second Life location will be used in conjunction with training modules produced by David W. Deeds, a longtime NMC lessee and member, whose current school's virtual facilities are on the nearby sim of Teaching, also located on the NMC Campus. Their virtual campus participation is evidence that international school educators are becoming increasingly interested ... more...

Let’s Talk Sustainability

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jan 17, 2012 03:11pm
Global Kids held their second talk show in the virtual world of Second Life on Friday January 13th, where students produced and presented a live show to audience members. The  show delved into the important issues of electronic waste  and climate change. Student hosts Jackie and Javon are in the 11th grade. They presented material, introduced guest speakers (Delia Lake-SL and Makayla-SL), asked questions of the audience members and included fun, interactive games where audience members were encouraged to move about ... more...

Join Global Kids for their Upcoming Live Second Life Show!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Jan 10, 2012 08:37am
Global Kids will once again gather in Second Life to produce and take part in a live virtual world talk show called "Let's Talk Sustainability." We would love for you to take part in Let's Talk Sustainability as audience members,  this Friday, January 13th from 5pm-6pm EST. There will be two separate shows/topics occurring back-to-back: Climate Change - What is the science of climate change?  Are there solutions to climate change that we can take action on now, or is it too late? Electronic ... more...

Upcoming Art Exhibit!

published by Carol Pfeifer/Tayzia Abattoir Dec 14, 2011 12:57pm
The full sim exhibit celebrates ART with MUSIC, MOTION, LIGHT & COLOR.  Join us in Second Life on Sunday, December 18th at 12pm slt. [caption id="attachment_11671" align="aligncenter" width="508" caption="STAR DANCE-Created by Gwen Carillon"][/caption] In the above 3d light sculpture, the pieces glide gracefully to mimic a beautiful dance.  You cannot see the motion and movement, or hear the music and sound of the pieces in this exhibit ...unless you drop by and see them! The exhibit can be found on the NMC Campus ... more...